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not need any of this. >> no doubt. congresswoman, thank you for your time tonight. carolyn mccarthy with us here on "the ed show." and that is "the ed show." i'm ed schultz. "the rachel maddow" show starts right now. >> thanks. there is a lot to get to this hour, including news about potential gun law reforms and the continuing reaction to the newtown, connecticut, school massacre there. is some surprising news out of michigan on that issue today that we're going to be getting to. there is news about who is going to be in the united states senate in this next congress. we found out yesterday who is being tapped to replace senator jim demint, who is leaving the senate. we also found out yesterday who might replace john kerry if he leaves the senate to be secretary of state. we found out today who is the odds-on favorite to replace long-time hawaii senator daniel inouye, who died yesterday. we've got all that news ahead. >>> but we begin tonight with something that is an important story in its own terms. but for those of us at msnbc and nbc news, it is also an incredibly emotional thing. and
. >> reporter: what the teacher do then? >> she read us some books and we talked about things and played little games in there. >> reporter: did you hear any more bad noises? >> yes. >> reporter: the teachers' calm is matched by a police of storm activity, word of possibly two shooters sparks searches of the surrounding area. children rushed out of the school, single-file hands on shoulder, eyes squeezed shut. >> we got in line and we had to close our eyes. >> reporter: how did you find your way out with your eyes closed? >> we all put our hands on other people's shoulders and then our teacher hold the first person's hand and she led us out. >> chaos. complete chaos. nobody knew where anyone was, mob scene of children and police and adults. >> reporter: ella's mom and dozens of other families search for their kids as information starks to trickle in. >> i heard that children were taken out bloody. >> very scared, worried about my son, worried about the other kids i know here. >> it was terrifying, i'm still terrified. i'm still in shock about it all. i still don't know everything that happened.
three, jenna bush hager will be joining us. she herself having been a teacher. we'll share some thoughts about that. and then we're going to take a turn toward the holidays. we've got three amazing gingerbread homes. these are more than homes. these are incredible structures. >> gingerbread mansions? >> some mansions. one is a cathedral. >> i've been nibbling at those all morning. is that wrong? >> i know. i wanted to speak to you about that. three finalists competing in our quest for the best competition. how will the cookie crumble? we'll find out. >>> also, if you still have christmas shopping, we have some must-have tech gifts for you from old school pacman, ghost lamp, the a remote controlled angry bird. >> we're calling it "tech the halls." >> i like that. did you just come up with that? >> yeah. not really. >>> but first, we want to get the latest on newtown, connecticut. let's go to natalie morales. good morning again to you. >> good morning. with just a week to go until christmas, you see the christmas tree in the center of town is now growing into a makeshift memorial. it's cov
in america. it is now the grief-stricken home of the second deadliest school shooting in u.s. history. 28 people are dead, including the shooter. late today, connecticut's chief medical examiner, wayne carver, reported that the autopsies on all the children are now complete. all 20 of them were shot more than once by 20-year-old adam lanza. police have also released the names of those killed, eight boys, 12 girls, between the ages of 6 and 7. all were first graders. six adults at the school were also murdered, and investigators say they now have some very good evidence explaining what wasde . we have a team of cbs news correspondents and producers on this still-developing story. we begin with margaret brennan here in newtown. >> reporter: gflg, jim. and the bodies of those 12 girls, eight boys, and six adult women killed right here in the sandy hook shooting yesterday are being returned to their families tonight, more than 24 hour after the brutal mass six-year-old emilie parker and jesse lewis. tomorrow, the medical examiner will conduct autopsies on adam lanza and his mother. and the fa
will take part in that candlelight vigil. officials who have been giving us information ever since friday afternoon. we're enxpecting to hear from te state police and the medical examiner who told us he was going to wrap up the autopsies on the shooter and the shooter's mother and also the focus of their investigation would now be the weaponry. we're expecting an update in the next few minutes. they have already set up, as you can see, cameras standing by and just waiting for them to arrive and, of course, we'll take that press conference for you live when it happens. first right to howard kurtz and "reliable sources" for a critical look at how the news media has been covering the events here in connecticut. wolf blitzer, as well. he's been here reporting on this, the very latest on what we learned about this story. wolf? >> howie going to be joining us in a little while, soledad. expecting as you pointed out the news conference to begin momentarily. they're getting ready for that. among other things, we expect to learn the results of the autopsies, as you say, were performed on the bodie
piling up on each other and they were crying and i said it's okay, my dad a cop. he'll help us. >> reporter: luke's father was rushing to the scene. what did you do when you saw him? >> he grabbed me, actually, and i said "oh, you're finally here, what took you so long?" >> reporter: there will be five more funerals here tomorrow, including one for vicki soto. she was one of the hero teachers who died trying to shield her students. luke santana had ms. soto for first grade a few years back and scott, he reports to me she was "so nice and kind." >> pelley: you have to love that boy. jim, thanks very much. figuring out why this happened is the hardest part of the investigation. justice correspondent bob orr has learned that the killer knew how to cover his tracks. >> reporter: the search for a motive is proving to be difficult. a computer and hard drive recovered from gunman adam lanza's home were smashed into so many small pieces the f.b.i. lab has been unable to retrieve any useful data. cyber experts are not optimistic. police are searching credit card e-mail, and phone record
berman. >> i'm kate bolduan. we want to well koom viewers from the united states and those joining us from around the world this morning. you're watching our special coverage of the connecticut school shooting here in newtown. we're live in newtown, connecticut. >> here in newtown the president will be coming later today. he's expected to meet with some of the victims of the families and he will speak at a vigil tonight remembering the victims. president obama spoke about the hea heartbreak hours after the shooting on friday and again during his weekly address yesterday. now, of course, we have the names of all the victims in this shooting. there were 20 children, all of them were just 6 or 7 years old. there's been a fund set up to help the families of the victims. here's the address if you'd like to send a donation, the sandy hook school support fund, 39 main street in newtown, the zip code is 06470. >> meanwhile, investigators here in newtown are trying to piece it altogether. they found more information on the shooter, but still no motivate. we get more now from cnn national corre
watch over us amen >> reporter: dylan hockley was also 6. he loved the trampoline in his backyard. and madeline hsu. catherine hubbard. her middle name was violet. chase kowalski played baseball outside with his dad. jesse lewis learning to ride horses. james mattioli known for his smile. grace mcdonnell who was 7 went every morning to the bus stop with her mom. emelie parker of 6 who was a budding artist who always carried around markers and pencils. jack pinto already at 6 years old already had a team, the giants and a hero, star wide receiver victor cruz. noah pozner has a twin sister, ariel, who was assigned to a different classroom and survived. noah called her his best friend. caroline previdi played soccer and hide and seek. while jessica rekos as described by her parents for the little ceo for the way she thought out and planned everything. 6-year-old benjamin wheeler's family moved from queens, new york, to newtown, connecticut, for its promise of grassy lawns and good schools. that promise has been shattered. and last night newtown prayed with the help of the president.
of "face the nation," bob schieffer. it's always great to have you with us. good morning. >> i was wondering who you were talking about. >> i'm talking about you, bob. i want to talk about the president though. he said, call me a hopeless romantic, but i still think we can get this done. and, bob, he was talking about a comprehensive deal when he said that. is that even possible with ten days and merry christmas around the corner? >> well he basically said we'll start over after christmas. he said i want everybody to go home and have some eggnog and sing some christmas carols and when you come back maybe we can figure something out. right now they're back to ground zero. i think they're below ground zero. speaker boehner came to thehouse last week talking about this plan he had and he goes to the congress and can't get his own people to pass it. you know if this were a parliamentary system what happened, this would be seen as a vote of no confidence. generally in a parliamentary system they get a new leader after that. but the speaker said he's not going an
and adults yesterday morning before taking his own life. the firehouse behind us was a gathering place for terrified parents who rushed to the scene after learning of the attack. >> it was the second worst mass killing in u.s. history after the virginia tech shootings in 2007, but the depths of the what is sure to be many signs of a community coming together. we've learned that all of the dead have been identified of authorities with the help of pictures provided by grieving parents and family members. the bodies havy it to be removed from the school which remains a crime scene. >> and here in newtown, the is impossible to exaggerate and jeff glor has more on that. jeff good morning. >> reporter: rebecca, good morning to you. we may never know why the shooter did what he did, but people here are trying to understand, and they are struggling. >> all those families i'm so sorry. i am so sorry you have this to deal with. >> reporter: for the community of newtown, connecticut, friday's elementary school shootings were something they couldn't even imagine. >> the
using a file that you can down load on the internet. you can actually down load it right here. i have one on my computer. it makes me wonder about the next time nbc comes and checks my computer. this is what happens when a person fits a lower receiver on a gun that is not regulated when they printed it with a 3d printer. this is the video they released of themselves firing bullets out of it. as you can see, the 3d gun failed and busted apart after it fired about six rounds, which makes it yes, a gun, but the technical term for what kind of gun it is is it is a crappy gun because it blew apart. but this kind of thing is not going to stay a crappy gun for long. not when you can get this far with stuff you can find around the house. for all the work that has gone into thinking about who is allowed to have a gun in america and where you can buy one and what kinds of guns people are allowed to have, that all kind of goes out the window. people can just down load their chosen weapon at home and have it made manifests at their desk, as a fully functioning real-life weapon. we are not far off
show." i'm ed schultz. the rachel maddow show starts right now. >> good evening. thanks for joining us this hour after a day that will remembered in this country forever for awful reasons. for the people of newtown, we are with you today and in the weeks and months ahead that was the word today from ron barber, who was shot and wounded in the mass shooting in tucson last year that killed six people and wounded 13, including the grievous wounding of congresswoman gabby giffords. ron barber, who took gabby giffords' seat in congress after she stepped down to deal with her injuries. he said today, as those of us in tucson know, senseless acts such as these tear at the very fabric of a community. mark kelly, gabby giffords' husband said today i just spoke with gabby, and she sends her prayers from tucson. in oak creek, wisconsin, where four months ago this was another mass shooting at a sikh temple, another six people gunned down at that temple. a school superintendent there today told the local press that she cried when she heard the news out of newtown, connecticut. she said we always th
>> thank you for staying with us. we're going to have the latest on the aftermath and the continuing news out of newtown connecticut tonight as well as some other important politics, news that is not related to what happened in newtown. the brand new senator elect is chris murphy. the mayor of newark, new jersey is going to be joining us in just a moment. as is the police chief from oak creek wisconsin where that mass shooting occurred this past august. that is all coming up this hour. but, in order to understand one important element of the response to newtown, in order to try to get a handle on the range of possible outcomes here, as we try to make decisions as a country as to whether we are going to change as a country because of this massacre and because of the national heartbreak it has caused, to try to get at that very big question, there is a very narrow discussion to be had about a piece of new technology. this is something called a 3d printer. anybody can become a small-scale manufacturer of anything. all you have to do is down load a computer file or cre
correspondent dr. sanjay gupta. he is joining us now. now, sanjay, you have been taking a very close look, potentially at the mind of a killer. >> yeah, and that question, why, wolf that you ask, it is hard to say for sure whether there is ever going to be a satisfactory answer to that. but there are several things that medical experts and investigators are going to look at, including specific patterns. we looked at ten of the most widely studied cases, tragedies, i should say in history. and take a look at what we found. first thing you notice when you look around newtown, everyone has that questioning look, why? what did we miss, if anything? no answers yet. just hindsight. to try to make some sense of the tragedy here in newtown, be connecticut, medical investigators are also looking at evidence of patterns, not talking about clothes or even life-style, but rather looking for evidence of specific plans could give some clues as to what was happening in the person's mind and in their brain. it is hard to know, because thankfully, there are relatively few tragedies like this one. but a cl
been kill pendergraph ed in a separate protest today. first of all, what can you tell us about the journalist's death today? >> reporter: the death of this protestor is concerned, it all started from last sunday. there was a 23-year-old victim who was gang raped on a moving bus, and there have been protests all over new delhi after that and protests all over the country as well. in this protest it wasn't clear what india gave in the center of the new delhi. it's not far from the indian parliament so it's a high security area, and the police have been giving warnings to people all day. finally in the evening they approached the crowds and they started to hit them with batons, they targeted them with water cannons asking them it to get out of the streets. that's the central part that was taken over by the police right now. >> and that's what you're seeing now. do you see the protesters? are they running away or injured being clubbed by authorities there? >> reporter: no. as far as the protestors are concerned thash concern concerned, they're back to the location. the police aren'
, as tragic as it is, brings us a little closer together both in the nation and in washington, that would be a good thing. >> all right. top of the hour. good morning. 6:00 on the east coast, it's wednesday, december 19th. christmas is almost here. >> very respectful dialogue. the nra had a respectful statement. i think a lot of people showing respect on this. >> feel something may be be happening. >> feel some grown-ups, maybe. there are, of course, exceptions. >> there are a few. we have mike barnicle with us. you're not an exception. beautiful piece in "the daily news" today. we'll read that in must read. thank you very much. former treasury officials. mark ratner is with us as well. he has a must read. i'm serious. >> beautiful. >> also in washington, washington anchor for "bbc world news america" katty kay. >> no pieces, sorry. >> you'll write one next time. thank you. so we've got a lot to get to this morning. >> a lot to talk about today. >> those exceptions, what are you talking about? >> just in the conversation about everything you thought there were two exceptions. >> rick perr
the company that manufactured the gun alleged used in the shooting by adam lanza. in california, lawmakers introduced legislation to require background checks on anyone who purchases ammunition, and rick snyder vetoed legislation that would have permitted concealed weapons in schools. the president is coming now. let's take a listen and hear what he has to say. >> good morning, everybody. it's now been five days since the heartbreaking tragedy in newtown, connecticut. three days since we gathered as a nation to pray for the victims, and today a few more of the 20 small children and six educators who were taken from us will be laid to rest. we may never know all the reasons why this tragedy happened. we do know that every day ameri violence. we know such violence has terrible consequences for our society. and if there's even one thing that we can do to prevent any of these events, we have a deep obligation, all of us, to try. over these past five days, the discussion has reemerged as to what we might do, not only to deter mass shootings in the future, but to reduce the epidemic of gun viole
. in the coming weeks, i'll use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens from law enforcement to mental health professionals, to parents and educators. in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this. because what choice do we have? we can't accept events like this as routine. are we really prepared to say that we're power less? in the face of such carnage. that the politics are too hard. are we prepared to say that such violence visited upon our children year after year is somehow the price of our freedom. >> now before the president spoke, the calls for gun control already echoing throughout washington. on meet press, they said it's time to make the issue of gun control top priority. >> i can tell you that he's going to have a bill to lead on, because as a first day bill, i'm going to introduce in the senate and the same bill will be introduced in the house, a bill to ban assault weapons, the ban transfer, the possession, not retro actively but perspectively. and big clips, drums and strips of more than ten bullet. >> reporter: it's time for the president, i think,
another, that's entirely up to us. [ applause ] and i believe that for all our imperfections we are full of decency and goodness and that the forces that divide us are not as strong as those that unite us. >> thank you so much for watching this special edition of "state of the union." i'm candy crowley. be sure to stick with cnn for continuing live coverage and don lemon from newtown and join us at 6:00 p.m. tonight for the interfaith vigil and the president's remarks. >>> hello, everyone. i'm don lemon reporting live from newtown, connecticut. a community in mourning after a gunman went on a deadly rampage at an elementary school killing 26 people, 20 of them young children. throughout the day on cnn we will bring you the details of the victims and the investigation. we should tell you the president is on the way here. it has been a day of mourning in this community with memorial services. people are coming to this community from all over the tri-state area, from all over connecticut, new jersey, and new york all around and paying their respects to people. as i drove here today just a f
it for us here in newtown. thank you for watching. "early start" begins next. ♪ >>> on this special edition of "early start," a community and a nation in mourning. >> newtown, you are not alone. >> the president, offering words of comfort and inspiration, to those trying to make sense of a senseless tragedy. >> the face of indescribable violence. in the face of unconscionable evil. you've looked out of each other. and you cared for one another. and you've loved one another. >> we're remembering the victims, 20 children and 6 adults. some who gave their lives to save others. >> she was truly selfless. she would not hesitate to save anyone else before herself, especially children. >> as more details emerge, people in the small community search for strength to face the difficult days ahead. >> we will move on. we will never forget. we will, in many ways, be made stronger for what has transpired. and we will get better. >>> good morning. and welcome to this special edition of "early start." >> it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. we're coming to you live from newtown, connecticut, this morning. it is a
, and we are thinking about you here a lot, all of us, even though we're -- thinking about you here a lot, all of us, even though we're -- [ applause ] captioning funded by cbs >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." students are going back to school today in newtown, connecticut, except for the boys and girls of sandy hook elementary. their new school in a nearby town is not ready yet. >> investigators are still trying to figure out what led to this massacre. jeff glor is in newtown, connecticut, where two young victims were laid to rest on monday. jeff, good morning. >> reporter: nor agood morning to you. we are one week away from christm christmas. here in connecticut, it will be a week full of funerals for the victims of friday's shooting. in connecticut on monday, the first two funerals were held for the victims of friday's shooting. 6-year-old noah pozner and 6-year-old jack pinto. the state's governor and lieutenant governor each attended one of the services. >> you try to feel their pain but you can't. you try to find some words that you hope will be adequate, knowing that they'll be i
and that gunman is dead. as police have been telling us now, 20 children dead, 18 of them dead at the scene. and in addition to that, six adults are also dead, including the principal of the school. we understand that yet another adult was found dead at another location that police are not officially disclosing as of yet. and we are told that the mother of the suspected shooter, who is also dead at the scene, was also killed. she is a teacher and she was also killed at that school, according to our law enforcement sources. in addition to this, we are also told by our sources that another person is being questioned at this time but is not being called a suspect right now, and also that person is not being identified, wolf. so while the school is being called secure and safe by law enforcement authorities right now, they are -- they still have a lot of investigating to do. they have not officially released the name of the shooter or the other person being questioned or the names of any of the victims at this time. it's just an awful scene, and parents found out about this, wolf, when they rec
out, but what about your body? an nba cheerleading coach shows us how to stay relaxed during the holidays. >>> it is saturday, december 22nd, good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. and yes, we are still here. >>> and days before christmas, the airports have been packed while some highways are near empty. all signs of the severe weather in the midwest that is now heading east. the system that caused this blizzard in iowa and wisconsin traveled through ohio and is now hitting pennsylvania and upstate new york. now, there is another blizzard in the forecast, a warning is in effect right now for west virginia and north central maryland through 6:00 p.m. of course, with that severe weather can come travel delays and cancellations as millions travel for the holiday. victor blackwell is live this morning in the cleveland area. and victor, good morning, i bet you're missing your warm seat in the studio this morning. how is the weather impacting flights this morning? >> reporter: i am. i'll talk about the flight in a moment, but you know regulars know that you and i are in the ongoin
-regime sentiment. >> translator: halfaya was liberated a week ago. the regime surrounded it completely, cutting us off from the world no one was allowed in or out. even water and bread were cut off. we're able to reach an aid organization and able to obtain dough. >> reporter: he said they were able to open one of the town's bakeries around 1:00 p.m., and the rocket struck hours later. as nearby hospitals quickly filled up, activists began pleading for help. now, as more and more rebel groups promise retaliation for this attack, fears mount in syria, which has already claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people will only get worse. mohammed jamjoon, cnn, beirut. >>> to washington now, and the big question looming over the quiet capitol, is congress ready to plunge over the fiscal cliff? earlier i spoke with cnn's brianna keilar, and i asked her what might happen as the holiday week rolls out? >> well, there's one sort of last ditch effort possibility here, don, and that is when the senate reconvenes on the 27th, it's possible that either they could try to pass something and sort of force it on th
new poll shows that 52% of u.s. adult dults favor major restrictions on guns, making all guns illegal versus 47% last august. let's turn to our white house correspondent brianna keilar. she's joining us. the president came out and didn't mince very words. >> reporter: no, wolf. this is the first time that president obama has laid out a time line. he appointed vice president biden to lead this group of cabinet lawmakers to come out with some solutions and he wants those recommends from him no later than january. the president said this time washington won't just talk about tackling gun violence. >> this is not some washington commission. this is not something where folks are going to be studying the issue for six months and publishing a report that gets read and then pushed aside. this is a team that has a very specific task to pull together real reforms right now. >> reporter: he urged congress to vote early next year on an assault weapons ban and high ammunition clips and close the loopholes so all gun buyers are subject to background checks. >> we're going to need to work on making
of us. >>> welcome to "cbs this "cbs this morning." students are going back to students are g school today in newtown, connecticut, except for the boyse boys and girls of sandy hook elementary.elementary. their new school at a nearby is town is not ready yet. >>> investigators are still . trying to figure out what led to this massacre.acre. jeff gore is inlor is in newtown, connecticut, where two victims were laid to rest monday morning. >> reporter: good morning to you and good morning to your viewers in the west.n connecticu one week this week will be full of funerals and wakes. friday's in connecticut on monday the first two funerals were held for the victims of friday's 6-year-old shooting, 6-year-old noah pozner 6- and 6-year-old jack pinto. the state's and lieutenant ed one of th governor each attended one of you try their services. >> you try to feel their pain but you can't. some you try to find some words that you hope will be adequate knowing they'll be inadequate see and you see little coffins and your heart has to ache. >> reporte >> reporter: that heart ac
of us. based on what you heard there, what, if anything, what more have we been able to clean about this shooter? >> well, quite a bit. we continue to clear up this confusion, almost the equivalent of the fog of war that has existed for the past day and a half. we're now told that there is no formal report of any altercation that took place between the shooter and the three or four staff members or teachers that some reports said took place on thursday. we now know, officially, that there's no known connection between the mother in the school, although we labored under the impression all day yesterday that she was a kindergarten teacher. somehow, erroneous information passed on to us. we know from the medical examiner, who personally conduct ed seven of the autopsies, realizing there's many more victims, seven of the autopsies, all which he indicated were first graders, and that each of these -- each of these children suffered between 3 and 7 gunshot wounds each. now, this is with a 223. this is an assault rifle. some information has suggested that the victim's mother had access or
colleague michelle franzen. thank you for staying with us tonight. >> well, hi, chris. we are here in the knnewtown ar of connecticut miles from sandy hook, connecticut, where the tragic shooting took place today. right now, hundreds of resident s are gathering at a nearby catholic church for a vigil to for those lives of young people who were shot today. they are holding a prayer vigil to comfort the families who were told that they had lost their loved ones in this town. it is a small new england town in area, and very rural area in the central part of connecticut here. the school certainly k-4 as we mentioned, we don't have identifycations tor age-- of th schoolchildren or the names being released, but we are told that the investigators are processing the scene now and trying to deal with the identification of the children and as governor maloy says back le turn them back to their families to grieve their loss at this time. this community certainly just now getting out of the sadness and shock part of this grief heavily starting to set in. what we don't know about the shooter at
firefight in syria. they had been kidnapped and held for five days. this morning, they are with us live and will tell us what happened. >>> everyday hero. she was principal who laid down her life for her students in the tragic school shooting in connecticut. what her daughter wants the world to know about her mother. >>> and a deal in sight this morning. republicans and democrats could be closer than ever to an agreement on the fiscal cliff today. tuesday, december 18th, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today," with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a tuesday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm david gregory in for matt this morning. we've had some terrible news to cover recently. we have such great news this morning that we can share with everyone. our friend and colleague richard engel and his team have been freed unharmed and there they are. we look forward to talking to all of them to find out about their ordeal. >> a lot of us are exhaling this morning. of course, we'll get the latest from newto
person can ever possibly comprehend them. they walk among us every single day. and does anybody really believe that the next adam lanza isn't planning his attack on a school? since when did a gun automatically become a bad word? a gun in the hands of a secret service agent protecting our president isn't a bad word. a gun in the hands of a soldier protecting the united states of america isn't a d word. and when you hear your glass breaking at 3:00 a.m. and you call 911, you won't be able to pray hard enough for a gun in the hands of a good guy to get there fast enough to protect you. so why is the idea of a gun good when it's used to protect the president of our country or our police but bad when it's used to protect our children in our schools? >> to be clear, this wasn't a press conference. it was a statement. no questions were taken. that doesn't mean there weren't any interruptions. >> stop killing our children. it's the nra and assault weapons that are killing our children. >> protesters accused the nra of having blood on its hands. i'll be speaking to one of those in a moment. way
of us who remain let us find the strength to carry on and make our country worthy of their memory. >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." i'm charlie rose in new york. norah o'donnell is in newtown, connecticut. norah, good morning. >> charlie, good morning. as you wake up on the west coast, this new england town is still in shock over the deaths of 28 people including 20 young children. the first funerals are taking place later today for two 6-year-old boys and last night president obama led the mourners at a prayer vigil for the victims. jeff glor is here with that story. jeff, good morning. >> norah, good morning to you. before his speech last night, president obama told the governor of connecticut that friday was the most difficult day of his presidency. he carried that knowledge with him on stage, delivering a speech that said something must change. >> we gather here in memory of 20 beautiful children and 6 remarkable adults. >> as president obama addressed the crowd at sandy hook high school last night. >> i can only hope it helps for you to know -- >> he
, was used about the atf and people like george h.w. bush and norman schwartzcof resigned from the nra. with every horrible act that happens, it's taken too long, but the story of the country in many ways is of coming to a consciousness that is overdue. >> let's also talk, mika, about the financial incentives of the gun trade. >> well -- >> they're out there as well. this is not just about politics, it's not just about liberty, about a lot of money, too. >> the big thing that's happening here and you see that in the people who are speaking out and those who are not, there's a shift in attitudes, as the "new york times" puts in their headline today, i think will be lasting. i don't know how any -- there are several networks, not just ours, having trouble finding pro gun advocates to speak out because there's really nothing to say at this point. can you think of anything in your political career, where something has happened and you realize you just can't take -- >> 9/11. 9/11 happened and there were a lot of conservatives after 9/11 very wary, very suspicious of federal government expan
of action. >> good morning, it's tuesday, december 18th. with us, we have mike barnicle, author of "thomas jefferson," willie, joe and me as well. >> that was fascinating, wasn't it? >> that was. that was dead serious. he was not feeling anything else at that point, i think. >> i tell you, yesterday really did touch americans in a way, this whole weekend, and the president's speech and people like joe manchin stepping forward, really, i think -- i think it's got americans talking, for the first time, on this issue, in a really surprising way. i was -- i was struck not by how many democrats or liberals called after the show and said, boy, we really liked what you guys did and the conversation was needed. i was struck by how many friends of mine from first baptist church in pensacola, florida, that are lifetime members of the nra, who went out hunting across northwest florida and alabama and georgia and mississippi, from the time they were 9, 10. jon meacham, you were raised in a similar culture. although you were wearing white gloves during your formative years. i'm sorry. i was struck that
that grace appear the hour i first believed ♪ >> amazing grace. that does it for us in newtown. erin burnett starts now. >>> "outfront" next, the latest on the investigation into the newtown shootings. and we have new details tonight on the suspected gunman. what we have been learning from his autopsy, from an autopsy of his brain and from a close friend. >>> plus, the hero teacher, vicky soto. what she did for her kids. >>> later, in the face of horror, citizens around the world have come together to make a difference. let's go "outfront." >>> good evening, everyone. i'm erin burnett in newtown, connecticut. "outfront" searching for answers. that's what we've all been doing, trying to understand how this happened and why it happened. investigators in connecticut returned to the home of the gunman. the suspected gunman, 20-year-old adam lanza, searching for evidence. so far, authorities have been unable to retrieve any information from his computer, which was found smashed to pieces in the house he lived in with his mother, nancy. now, investigators have been trying to piece together an expl
lanza, and his family. what can you tell us? >> reporter: good afternoon. we are starting to put together some of the pieces of the p s te puz i will. adam lanza was home schooled. he has been described by students who -- when he did go to school, classmates of him, as very intelligent and as we have often heard in these cases, also described as loner. someone that didn't have a lot of friends. went out of his way not to be noticed, of course, he couldn't have changed that in a more devastating way than he did by going into that elementary school. his aunt, who has not seen him since he was 3 years old, spoke just within the last hour to local reporters in north carolina. here is what she had to say about adam. >> he was different. he was quiet. nice kid. good kid. he was challenging the family in that house. never in trouble with the law. never in trouble with anything. >> she also talked a little bit about adam's mother who, of course, was the first victim in this massacre. we have a picture of her. this is the first time we have been able to see her. the aunt described her as
to have you with us. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. up first, systemic failures at the state department. that is a scathing conclusion of an independent review board investigating the deadly september 11th attack at the u.s. consulate in benghazi. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans were killed that day. the panel finding security in benghazi was grossly inadequate to cope with the attack, that washington ignored repeated requests to beef up personnel, and ultimately a lack of transparency, responsiveness and leadership senior levels both this washington and in libya. alise, what do you make of this report. a lot of these findings we've been talking about for a very long time. >> that's right, but also in the last few months, there's been so much politicization of this attack, especially with these talking points and the whole issue of susan rice, ambassador susan rice and what she said about whether there was a protest. this report didn't find that there was a protest, but it also kind of really is the first look at what went wrong, a kind of very sobering look i'd say o
plan seems it's taking shape. the deal to stop us from going over the fiscal cliff. speaker boehner and the preside president at the white house. now, the president supports raising taxes on people earning more than $400,000 a year. i want to bring in "washington post" columnist ruth marcus and the national journalist chris freisz. there's a lot owing on, assault weapons ban and the gun show loophole. do you think they're going to take this, how are they likely to approach this? >> well, i think the vice president say very good choice to lead this because of course he was the chairman of the senate judiciary where this legislation goes through for many years. and so he understands a little bit of what's politically possible or, let's cross our fingers, what might hopefully be politically possible in the aftermath of the tragedy. i think one thing that's really important is to seize the moment. we have this tendency to lose our zeal and to let things slide. and i think -- i wish i could suggest that we would tie the cliff to gun control legislation. i think that's a bridge too far fo
far for republicans, and especially house republicans. but i'd love for us to find a way to seize the momentum to at least restore the assault weapons ban and the ban on high-capacity magazines. >> if you look at the raw numbers they've changed quite a bit. this is a nbc "washington post" poll. 54% favor stricter gun control laws and 59% support banning high-capacity magazines. we heard from joe manchin and joe warner, both with a-ratings with the nra. to ruth's point, chris, is there a chance that republicans could help to move them as well? >> well, i think so. i think we have seen that on the fiscal cliff issue. and the feeling here at the capitol, i've put the question to them and said, if gabby giffords, a congresswoman one of your own was almost fatally shot, and congress didn't react on gun control, what has to happen after this new event? this has changed the tenor. i was talking to a democratic leadership aide to made that point and also made the point when you have harry reid, if you remember in 2010, a tough re-election. the nra king just short of stopping him saying he
nurse. >> sally cox. she'll be with us in a minute. >>> let's get right to the presidents right now. he spoke last night. he came here and met with the families. he was with allison, the granddaughter of the school principal. the president comforted the families yesterday. then delivered the speech. he told the people of newtown, they're not alone. a powerful call to action. a president filled with angry. >> i come to offer the love and prayers of a nation. mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow. nor can they heal your wounded hearts. you're not alone in your grief. >> reporter: consolation first. and then, a call to action. >> this is our first task. caring for our children. if we don't get that right, we don't get anything right. can we truly say, as a nation, that we're meeting our obligations? the answer is no. these tragedies must end. and to end them, we must change. >> reporter: president obama, stricken and stern, promised to make america safer for our children. >> i'll use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens in an effort aimed at preventing
's largest church, will give us her perspective as we enter the fiebl final week before the christmas holiday. >> nbc's lester holt is here with more on the tragedy. good morning to you. >> good morning, savannah. tough weekend. the community needed the president to come here. he met with the first responders, the families. the speech he delivered was not one that many expected. he offered words of comfort, he also laid down a political gauntlet. for the fourth time since taking office, president obama stood before a community shattered by mass murder to offer words of comfort. >> i can only hope it helps for you to know that you're not alone in your grief. >> the president called last friday the worst day of his presidency. and this time he came with more than words of consolation. the president, sketching the outlines of what amounted to a policy statement on gun violence. >> can we honestly say we're doing enough to keep our children, all of them, safe from harm? i've been reflecting this on this the last few days and if we're honest with ourselves, the answer is no. in the coming weeks, i
for madeleine huh shoe. her family wanted us to know -- i'm going to quote the words they said with all of you, sweet, unique, bright, sparkling, determined little girl. she was an avid reader who loved running and dancing. she was a born leader. this is the start of what will be a painful week as friends and family try to prepare to try to say good-bye to the 20 children and six educators who were killed on friday in the second worst school shooting in american history. as newtown mourns, investigators are still trying to figure out what motivated adam lanza to go on a shooting spree, to kill children, and also take the life of his own mother. we're going to have more on the investigation in a moment. but the truth is, we may never know why adam lanza chose to go on a mass killing spree. we may never know why he chose to go in a school and kill innocent 6 and 7-year-olds, but we're learn aglot more tonight about his mother nancy and the relationship she had with her troubled son. according to friends, the 52-year-old divorced mother of two was devoted to her children and was especially close
obama is set to make a major announcement this morning. abc's pierre thomas joins us now with the very latest on this story. good morning, pierre. >> reporter: good morning, elizabeth. in just a few hours, president obama takes the first steps to make good on his vow to respond to the massacre at newtown. he will announce that he is directing major federal agencies to come up with answers to address the scourge of gun violence. this morning, after days of silence, the nra, the nation's most powerful gun lobby, announced that it will hold a press conference on friday. and they say they're prepared to make meaningful contributions so tragedies like sandy hook never happen again. are we in the precipice of a sea change? about how this nation deals with guns? >> why the hell can you buy a weapon of mass destruction? that's what it is. that's the first thing that should be gone. >> there have been 70, 70 episodes of school shootings in the united states, since 1994. good lord. really? i mean, should there be that many? >> reporter: big-city mayors and one of the nation's biggest police unio
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